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The Two Destinies


Published February 19, 2014


LibriVox recording of The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins.
Read in English by acousticwave; Lynne Thompson; southernemma; Peter John Keeble; E Ogston; Reeses118; bala; sorbet87; Julia Niedermaier; Marsha Payne; Miyune; emmablob; beyondutopia
Mary Dermody is destined to be together with George Germaine one day, or so at least her grandmother prophesizes. Destiny at first doesn't seem to adhere to this plan, and the pair is separated and lose sight of each other. But when George saves a young woman from drowning, a strong connection seems to develop between them, which seems to be almost supernatural.. - Summary by Carolin

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Reviewer: Phil_O'Logist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2015
Subject: Feast for the ears
I agree 100% with veinticuatro - there are books which need to be performed, not merely recited in a carefully modulated, conventional, restrained voiceover. Kudos to those LibriVox readers who go for the guts of a text. Expression, that's what I look for in a reader-aloud. Well done, Susan Smith Nash, you are a real
storyteller.
Reviewer: veinticuatro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2015
Subject: Enjoyed the reading and the story very much
There are elements in this novel that one finds in much of Wilkie Collins: is fate absolutely inescapable? how do parallels echo -- in fate, identity, beliefs -- and then present their opposites?

Some of the extremes come across as high camp (the scene in which the protagonist wrestles with himself and his intention to drown the woman who spurned him...) --

Excellent readings by very entertaining readers. I especially liked beyondutopia (Susan Smith Nash), who was not afraid to go for the camp, the melodrama, the (at times) grotesque... loved it!
Reviewer: susan smith nash - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2015
Subject: great story -- interesting ending
The story reminds me a great deal of German Romanticism, in particular with elements of doppelgangers as in E.T.A. Hoffmann and of course, Goethe. Collins explores destiny, fate, and also the action of delusional thinking / madness. It is quite a journey, with a happy (or at least weirdly happy) ending.
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